Heroic Ebola doctor Freeman Osonuga has taken a step closer to becoming the first ever black “astronaut”. From 30,000 people he has made it to the final shortlist of three.
On a recent trip to London to speak at the cutting edge Wired 2015 festival he thanked Nigerian Watch readers for their to support to date. The final three were selected by public vote on the basis of short video films explaining why they want to win the prize.
Freeman said he wanted to “raise global conversations on issues that affect us all as inhabitants of planet earth; climate change, global peace and poverty.”
Few can be more deserving. Mr Osonuga proved his commitment to public service in Sierra Leone. Confronted with people dying from the Ebola Virus he took the brave and bold decision to use intravenous drips to medicate and halt dehydration.
This was not welcomed as it required puncturing the skin.
But it proved hugely effective and the survival rate at his field hospital was over 60%.
Mr Osonuga will be flown to Bangkok next month to attend the One Young World Summit 2015, where he will deliver a speech before an audience of 1,300 delegates and a panel of One Young World Counsellors, who will decide who is their Rising Star.
In the meantime voting remains open so you can still help make history by making Mr Osonuga the first black man in space.
To vote, visit www.krugercowne.com/risingstar/shortlist/freeman-osonuga/
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